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Joseph’s brothers replied, “By Allah! You know well that we did not come to cause trouble in the land, nor are we thieves.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Joseph’s men asked, “What should be the price for theft, if you are lying?” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Joseph’s brothers responded, “The price will be ˹the enslavement of˺ the one in whose bag the cup is found. That is how we punish the wrongdoers.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Joseph began searching their bags before that of his brother ˹Benjamin˺, then brought it out of Benjamin’s bag. This is how We inspired Joseph to plan. He could not have taken his brother under the King’s law, but Allah had so willed. We elevate in rank whoever We will. But above those ranking in knowledge is the One All-Knowing. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
˹To distance themselves,˺ Joseph’s brothers argued, “If he has stolen, so did his ˹full˺ brother before.”1 But Joseph suppressed his outrage—revealing nothing to them—and said ˹to himself˺, “You are in such an evil position,2 and Allah knows best ˹the truth of˺ what you claim.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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They appealed, “O Chief Minister! He has a very old father, so take one of us instead. We surely see you as one of the good-doers.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Joseph responded, “Allah forbid that we should take other than the one with whom we found our property. Otherwise, we would surely be unjust.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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When they lost all hope in him, they spoke privately. The eldest of them said, “Do you not know that your father had taken a solemn oath by Allah from you, nor how you failed him regarding Joseph before? So I am not leaving this land until my father allows me to, or Allah decides for me. For He is the Best of Judges. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Return to your father and say, ‘O our father! Your son committed theft. We testify only to what we know. We could not guard against the unforeseen.1 Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Ask ˹the people of˺ the land where we were and the caravan we travelled with. We are certainly telling the truth.’” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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